In The Liars’ Club, Mary Karr vividly recalls the humor and passion of an unusual childhood, growing up in a swampy East Texas town where she learned early that words had the power to heal or hurt. Her father, a gruff refinery worker with an often volcanic temper, could spin tales with his cronies at their weekly Liars’ Club gatherings. But her mother was an artist with a wild side who often tipped over into mental anguish. And so begins Mary Karr’s poignant memoir of growing up in a turbulent family.
The Liars’ Club is a funny, haunting memoir of growing up in an East Texas refinery town. Mary Karr’s raw and often painful honesty will take you back to a time when life was a mystery. Having spent her childhood in the swampy refinery town of Refinery Hills, Mary Karr delivers, with a poet’s flair, all the humor, heartache, and grace of this difficult-to-forget childhood. In The Liars’ Club, she captures what it means to be a girl coming of age in a time and place where heartbreak was familiar, but hope flourished despite everything.
‘The Liars’ Club’ is an emotionally charged and evocative memoir, superbly told by an unforgettable storyteller. In it, Mary Karr tells us of growing up in a refinery town in East Texas as the daughter of parents on the Texas social register who could pull off a full-scale masked ball one year. A year later have to put all their furniture up for auction to pay off a gambling debt to local Mafia bosses. It’s the story of how she found no escape from her family’s alcoholism and instability until she discovered literature. Mary writes about everything that happened to her: from first menstruation to her sexual initiation with her boyfriend (and now husband) Michael Martone – which begins with him getting drunk and hiding under her bed.
About The Liars’ Club Book
Mary Karr grew up in a swampy East Texas refinery town in a volatile and defiantly loving family. In this funny, devastating, haunting memoir and with a raw and often painful honesty, she looks back at life with a painter mother, seven times married, whose outlaw spirit could tip over into psychosis, and a hard-drinking, fist-swinging father who liked nothing better than to spin tales with his cronies at the Liars’ Club.
This funny, devastating, haunting memoir is full of raw and often painful honesty. Mary Karr grew up in a swampy East Texas refinery town in a volatile and defiantly loving family. In this memoir, she looks back at life with a painter mother, seven times married, whose outlaw spirit could tip over into psychosis, and a hard-drinking, fist-swinging father who liked nothing better than to spin tales with his cronies at the Liars’ Club.
In The Liars’ Club, Mary Karr recounts the story of her dysfunctional yet dynamic family with wit and pathos. This family spawned several generations of respected, colorful small-town villains. This is a tale about love, longing, loss, redemption, and hope.